British Airways Plane Engulfed In Las Vegas Fire Put Back Into Service

The British Airways plane that was engulfed in flames at an airport in Las Vegas last year will be put back into service.

The Boeing 777-200 caught fire at McCarran International Airport near the Las Vegas strip last September.

About 157 passengers, 10 crew and three pilots had to use emergency slides to evacuate the craft.

A total of 27 people, including all crew members, were taken to hospital with minor injuries, mostly caused by sliding down the inflatable chutes.

However, BA has confirmed it will put the plane back into service after “stringent checks have been completed”.

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A spokesman for the airline said the engine which caught fire - a General Electric GE90-85B - has been removed and will be replaced.

He said: “The airframe was inspected by a team of highly experienced engineers from Boeing who concluded that the damage was limited and suitable for repair.

“A team from Boeing is carrying out the repair work, which will be certified to the same high standards as if the aircraft was brand new.”

A date has not been set for when the plane will go back into commercial service.

The plane was preparing for take-off on a flight to London Gatwick when the captain slammed on the brakes after becoming aware of the fire.

(Picture: Rex)

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